The 17th FINA World Championship have officially started in Balatonfüred as well. At the opening ceremony FINA President Julio César Maglione praised the accomplishment of organisers. The President expressed his gratitude for Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, István Bóka, the Mayor of host city, Balatonfüred and FINA’s Hungarian Vice-President Tamás Gyárfás in particular. According to Maglione, Balatonfüred will serve as a great and worthwhile venue for the open water swimming tournament.
In his speech István Bóka, Mayor of Balatonfüred emphasized, that the city has been committed to open water swimming since 2014 and there are long term plans. “All the facilities were completed in time, and the World Championships enhance the reputation of the city” said Bóka.
The opening ceremony featured a half-an-hour fashion show by famous Hungarian designer Kati Zoob. The collection was primarily inspired by the traditions of Anna Ball held in Balatonfüred every year.